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Walking in Jerusalem

Mr C is recovering. He is now eating small amounts of food, and trooper that he is, he came along on the Jerusalem trek today.

Today, we started on the Mount of Olives and followed the path that Jesus took to his death. I am sure that I put more than 10,000 steps on my pedometer.

We stopped at many sites along the way — including the Garden of Gethsemane. My favorite was at the St. Ann’s church which is named for the mother of Mary. Each group that comes into the church can sing a hymn or anthem. When we arrived, there was an African-American group from Georgia singing up a storm. Just loved it. Mr C and I both had tears in our eyes. To come to this place with so many folks from all over the globe is very enriching.

Our trek took us into the old city through the Sheep’s gate and into the Muslim quarter of the old city and along the Via Dolorosa.

We saw some beautiful items in the shops, but we could not stop today. I want to pick up one of these quilty pieces.

One of the vendors asked if we were American. We replied, yes. He then asked if we were with Bush – did we agree with Bush. I said, No, Obama! He said, “I like you!!”

I have been intrigued by the amount of graffiti that I have seen here.

I loved the Crocs on this Priest. I took some wonderful photos of some Muslim boys on a field trip with a couple of moms and their teacher, but they got corrupted with my ongoing problem with my camera and laptop. I have just about used up my memory on the I-book so I have been deleting old photos from my files that I know are on my blog or on Flickr. I hope that will alleviate the problem.

You can see how the narrow streets are lined with shop after shop. I am not sure how anyone makes a living, but I enjoy looking at all of the goods.

Jerusalem is such a rich and enriching place. You have the presence of the three major religions. You have ancient architecture and very modern high rises. You have people who have chosen to show there identity in very unique ways of dress and hair styles. It is almost sensory overload on steroids. I am loving it and am in no hurry to leave, but we only have two more days. Tomorrow, the Wailing Wall among other things. Be sure to check out the photos I could download on my Flickr site. If you click on any of the photos in this post, you can see a larger view.

Thanks to those who are commenting and e-mailing. I just do not have time to reply. I can barely get my photos done and a post written.

7 Responses to “Walking in Jerusalem”

  1. Kristin L says:

    All I can say is WOW! I can’t imagine what it would like to be in Jerusalem. I am envious of your experience.

  2. Judy says:

    I’m so glad that Mr C is feeling better. Hope he is even better today.
    Once again: great pics!
    Leave it to those folks from Georgia to sing up a storm! LOL
    Love the crocs and adore the quilts!
    I’ve uploaded a sermon that Marcus Borg gave at All Saints last Fall…am off to listen to it now!


  3. Deborah says:

    Oh Gerrie! Don’t you worry about responding to the comments. You are so generous with your time in blogging and sharing all these wonderful details. Thank you!

  4. Natalya says:

    thank you for the wonderful travelogue… the pictures are gorgeous.. and hoping for Mr. C’s full and speedy recovery and that you get by without it…

  5. karoda says:

    I’ve yet to treat myself to your flickr photos but your trip and posts are so intriguing.

    Wishing Mr. C full recovery soon.

  6. terry grant says:

    Oh my what beautiful photos again today. Those textiles hanging make my mouth water! Glad to hear that Steve is feeling better. I hope you can avoid getting it, but it sounds like it may not be too long-lasting. But, yeah–just avoid it!

  7. MsLiz says:

    Wow….did you see the pictures from Obama’s speech in Portland….75,000 people! I hope he makes a trip to central California so I can see him in person. Love reading about your trip….keep up the good bloging. I feel like I am on the trip with you. Hope Mr. C feels better soon. This is from another Obama momma.